• Remove dangerous ammonium nitrate from Newcastle now!
    We’re calling on Orica to immediately move their stockpile of ammonium nitrate out of Kooragang Island port and into a safer location far away from people’s homes and families. There’s no reason why a stockpile like this is located in the heart of Newcastle, when the only people it serves is the fossil fuel and mining industry. My name is Keith Craig, a proud Newcastle resident, chemical engineer and Stockton Community Action Group member. In 2003 I visited Toulouse in France, two years after 300 tonnes of devastating ammonium nitrate exploded killing 30 people and injuring 14,000. The people were still traumatised and suffering, just like they will be in Beirut for many years to come. There have been over 30 major explosions of ammonium nitrate worldwide following the start of production in the earlier 1900s. I don’t want this same devastation to happen in Newcastle. Many Newcastle residents already know Orica for all the wrong reasons. In 2011, Orica leaked ammonia and the carcinogenic hexavalent chromium into the air above North Stockton, an inner-city suburb of Newcastle. It was days before Orica told residents about the potential leak — during which time residents and families had inhaled the toxic substances as they went around their daily lives and sent their kids to school as usual. North Stockton residents have had to live with elevated pollution levels and air thick with dangerous PM2.5 particles for years. Also in 2011, Orica had three chemical spills and was responsible for a release of arsenic into the Hunter River. Orica’s plant in Sydney suburb of Botany also released mercury vapours which exceeded the licensed levels. In 2012, A NSW Upper House Select Committee investigation found that Orica had breached its operating license over the previous decade not just once or twice, but a shocking 130 times. Following the Beirut blast, Orica has hit the media circuit to downplay the risks of a similar explosion in Newcastle, but residents aren’t buying it. There’s NO SAFE way to store ammonium nitrate this close to population centres of any kind. In addition to residents, Newcastle community groups, the Stockton Community Action Group, Correct Planning and Consultation for Mayfield, Throsby Villages Alliance, Better Planning Network NSW and Hunter Community Forum all have major concerns around the large stockpiles of ammonium nitrate. Groups like these have been fighting to remove the stockpile for years. This recent Beirut explosion again shows just how dangerous these stockpiles can be. It would be catastrophic for the community if an accidental explosion were to occur. Will you sign the petition and help us avoid a potentially catastrophic explosion?
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  • Mozilla - re-enable community add-ons in Firefox for Android
    Firefox's entire history has been about empowering users and developers to build and configure a browser that works for them. This change in policy is a big change in direction of this ideal. The current (apparent) policy is additionally harmful to innovation - the only blessed extensions available are those which are already highly popular, and which Mozilla has hence selected for special treatment. There is literally no pathway that a new developer could follow to reach this special status, as there is no way for them to build this popularity in the first place. N.B. If you don't wish to provide your zip/postcode, please enter "0000" in the signing form. CommunityRun is run by GetUp, which is a reputable Australian activism organization (which I selected over the for-profit and somewhat shady change.org for this reason of trust). Hence, their petition platform is built around the assumption of a physical Australian presence of signatories. This assumption is clearly not valid for a digital, international petition such as this.
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  • Ban Retailers from Selling Plastic Cotton Buds in Australia
    Plastic cotton bud stems are the number one item of plastic, sewage-related debris on our beaches and rivers - yet retailers could help prevent this by switching the stick from plastic to paper. In the marine environment, plastics can be eaten by marine life, often with fatal consequences. Plastic is found in the stomachs of Loggerhead Turtles, Seabirds and many species of Australian-caught fish. And pieces that don't get eaten break down into microplastics, forming part of a dangerous plastic smog in our seas. Retailers are listening - major retailer Kmart sells Paper Stem Cotton Tips in their stores. Now we need to make sure the other retailers do the same. Even paper stem cotton buds shouldn’t be flushed down the loo. But if they are, they're less likely to pass through sewage filters and will quickly biodegrade if they escape. So please sign and share our petition to ask the remaining retailers to Switch the Stick from plastic to paper. Your voice will be heard! Thanks, Sophia and the Switch the Stick Australia team
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  • The San Fran Plan -Arthur Street, Kings Beach - Creating A Safe Street & Tourist Precinct
    Arthur Street, Kings Beach is currently a safety hazard where someone will be killed if nothing is done to calm traffic and convert Arthur Street between Upper Gay Terracev and Maltman Street South and Canberra Terrace into a one-way street, thereby preventing vehicles from trying to ascend it. The Arthur Street switchback gardens represents an opportunity to boost the Caloundra economy by encouraging tourists from Kings Beach to the switchback gardens and the re-vamped Lions Park tourism precinct then on to the Caloundra CBD to patronise shops in Bulcock Street. The switchback gardens would become a beautiful and safe setting for the fitness enthusiasts currently using the Arthur Street steps, eliminate the noise issues and provide habitat for insects and birds in nearby Lions Park as well as photo opportunities and tourism promotion for Caloundra.
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  • Review the travel ban: Allow Australians to assist family in need overseas
    It is a fundamental right to be able to travel overseas to assist a family member in need!
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  • Banksia's Gardiner Park doesn't need Fake Grass
    Gardiner Park is in a floodway and because of this the proposed soccer field will sit 1.2 metres higher than the current field. It has to be free of dirt, soil, leaves and other organic materials to remain impervious. Synthetic fields also heat up by 15 degrees once the temperature hits 30 degrees - not only impacting the health of the players but the residents who will live besides this heat box. Bayside Council has failed to take into account the residents who live along the three sides of the park, or other residents who use the park to walk across to get home or to the train station. Bayside has just signed the Barton Park upgrade at $31 million where multiple sports fields are being constructed. The Banksia Tigers are using Riverine Park, in the same suburb, for training. There are plenty of other fields in Banksia and we ask for Gardiner to remain an open grassed space for the residents and sport teams.
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  • Save the Darling Ranges
    WA most valuable natural resource is our beautiful native environment. The Darling Ranges are rapidly disappearing destroyed by mining and logging. Alcoa is planning on extending their mining operation clearing a further 6700ha of the Darling Ranges. This will put the mine on the doorstep of Jarrahdale and Dwellingup, encompassing almost everything between. All areas of the community and environment will be negatively affected. The ancient forests will forever be destroyed, displacing and killing the native wildlife that depends on it, including the endangered Carnaby’s black cockatoo and the threatened Quoll, worsening Australia’s extinction crisis, Local communities will experience a decrease in air quality will due to dust and particle emissions while Greenhouse gas emissions will increase from the refinery and mining operations. The lost tress will no longer remove carbon from the atmosphere further contributing to climate change. Tourism and recreational activities will reduce through Jarrahdale, Serpentine, North Dandalup and Dwellingup, financially affecting local businesses. Mining employs only 2% of the Australian work force, and mining is moving toward computerised machinery. Alcoa is mining more aluminium than is needed. This is clear by the amount that litters the environment, the recycling of aluminium requires 5% of the energy required to mine it. Reduce mining increase recycling and Save the Darling Ranges. The next generation deserves more than to be left with devitalised soil, overgrown with weeds, devoid of life. The community must come together and make our voices heard to Save the Darling Ranges
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  • Rethink flight restrictions and mandatory paid quarantine for returning Australians
    A multitude of issues related to the global pandemic have made it difficult and complex for Australians and permanent residents and their families to return to Australia. These difficulties have been further complicated by recent restrictions placed on incoming flights and the State Governments' push to charge Australians for a mandated quarantine period. Each returning Australian's case is different, but many are facing financial, emotional, and mental hardship which is further exacerbated by the Federal and State Governments' restrictions. Furthermore, the rhetoric currently being used by both Government and the media is leading to a growing resentment towards returning Australians within the community. We are Australians who love this country but are disturbed by the recent vilification we have received. Many of us are not merely 'travelers' returning from a vacation at the beach, we are Australians who have been stuck overseas for many reasons, such as work and family commitments. Many not living near internatioinal airports have been unable to access flights home until the recent easing of restrictions in other countries. With those restrictions now lifting it is heartbreaking to have the door of our own country slammed in our faces.
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  • Include a Bouldering area in the Victoria Park rejuvenation project
    This is important as it will help to fight the worldwide obesity epidemic, it will encourage uptake of a new Olympic sport, it will help generate new climbers (boulderers in particular) to support the local bouldering facilities that are burgeoning in the region. It will provide economic stimulus to the area of climbing provision be it outdoors shops such as K2, pinnacle, wildfire kathmandu etc, gyms (urban climb, 9 degrees, rockit, rocksports, core climbing, alpine, urban extreme etc, or even local guides and coaches. It will also support the local campsites in and around rural Queensland as boulderers love to travel to find climbing areas and it is usual to stay in a campsite near to the boulderfields for the weekends/weeks if further afield. Not to mention that with climbing being one of the fastest growing sports in the world and a soon to be newly minted olympic event (in the 2020/21 olympics) it will no doubt see a further surge in participation. Some of the climbers that will be competing on that world stage found their passion for the sport on boulders similar to those proposed in this petition (Ashima Shirashi for example (A world leading American Boulderer) first climbed on her local boulder in a park in New York). So for these reasons please include bouldering into the park.
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  • AUSTRALIA SAYS 'NO' TO RECOGNITION SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS.
    The installation of these cameras without the consent of the Australian public is a breach of Governmental power and a serious violation of our human rights to privacy. Being tracked, analysed and our personal data being stored in a cloud for the access of authorities to use as they will, is not only an attack on our human rights to privacy and freedom, but it is also a direct attack on the human psyche and human mental health. The citizens of Australia have never authorised the use of our taxpayer dollars to fund “facial recognition technology” to be used against us and our children as a biometric data collection for physical and behavioural identification. We do not call for a prison system society where everyone is examined and where our privacy is invaded while we go about our day. Australia SAYS 'NO'- We DO NOT CONSENT to 'Face Recognition Surveillance Cameras' in our schools and our society'.
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  • AUSTRALIA SAYS 'NO' TO FACIAL RECOGNITION SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS.
    The installation of these cameras without the consent of the Australian public, is a breach of Governmental power and a serious violation of our human rights to privacy. Being tracked, analysed and our personal data being stored in a cloud for the access of authorities to use as they will, is not only an attack on our human rights to privacy and freedom, but it is also a direct attack on the human psyche and human mental health. The citizens of Australia have never authorised the use of our tax payer dollars to fund “facial recognition technology” to be used against us and our children as a bio metric data collection for physical and behavioural identification. We do not call for a prison system society where every one is examined and where our privacy is invaded while we go about our day. Australia SAYS 'NO'- We DO NOT CONSENT to 'Face Recognition Surveillance Cameras' in our society'.
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  • Permanently remove Jocko: the little black boy statue in Maitland NSW
    With the global Black Lives Matter movement in the media at the moment this has also put the spotlight on other forms of institutional racism in Australia. For me this has led to my own personal reflection about racism and the effect it has had on my own family and community. For several years I have complained to the Maitland Council about a racist statue in Maitland called “jocko: the little black boy”. Pic below. Apparently it has been around since the 1800’s and was once used as a hitching post for horses back in the day. This statue represents a racist caricature of an African boy in a subservient role. Not to mention it’s links to slavery. Blackface is not acceptable so why should a minstrel style statue be acceptable in a public place in 2020? It is symbolic of a time and culture that demeaned and dehumanized people of colour. I have written to council many times to ask them to permanently remove both statues but they have either not responded or responded by saying that it’s been around since the 1800’s and they have no intention of removing them. I would like to seek you support with this petition and present it to Maitland Council with a clear message that this racist symbol has no place in our community. I would like to ask if you also find the statue offensive and agree it should be removed immediately could you please join us in signing the petition and circulate it as widely as possible.
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